Green Meadow Waldorf School offers a classical Waldorf education, and within the classroom we can accommodate a small percentage of students with learning differences or disabilities. While we recognize that our multisensorial and interdisciplinary curriculum – infused with art, music, and movement – might serve students with learning differences well, we also recognize that this diverse curriculum may not be enough for certain learners. Even with such an integrated curriculum, some students may experience difficulties in the physical, academic, cognitive, social, behavioral, or emotional realms. These students are served through our Educational Support Program.
The Educational Support Program at Green Meadow continually evolves to meet the diverse learning needs of students today. Our proactive approach is rooted in the highly refined understanding of child development according to Rudolf Steiner. Out of our study of the human being, our Educational Support Team partners with class and subject teachers to strengthen our ability as a school to recognize students needing support.
We strive to provide an effective and appropriate education by blending Waldorf educational principles for the developing human being with our direct experience, documented research, and a variety of assessment tools available today. This blended way of working helps identify (or rule out) learning differences and disabilities so we can provide well-matched intervention as close to the developmentally appropriate time as possible.
Our proactive approach also utilizes a collaborative team model, led by our Educational Support Coordinator. This collaborative model enables full, consistent participation by all team members which includes parents, teachers, specialists, and sometimes the student, depending on the age. Success of this model depends on the timeliness, trust, and willingness of each team member to work openly and consistently in support of the student.
Although Green Meadow has a robust program, we recognize that we cannot meet the needs of every child or family. Part of our collaborative model includes considering placement decisions for a student. If it is deemed that a student’s needs are beyond what we can support, the school can work with the family to transition the student to another school.
From the first day of Early Childhood classes through twelfth grade graduation, the Green Meadow faculty is dedicated to maximizing each student’s capacity and to helping remove hindrances that may stand in the way of a student attaining their highest aspirations.